Sunday, June 5th is Decoration Day.
It’s a time when some Canadians will gather at war monuments paying tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives for Canada.
Ken Eskdale, the President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001 says Decoration Day began on June 2, 1890 — started by veterans who felt there wasn’t enough attention paid to the soldiers who fought for our nation.
“So they started the Decoration Day, and that was to honour the veterans who survived, but at the same time they didn’t forget those who lost their lives,” Eskdale said.
Eskdale said nine soldiers were killed in the Battle of Ridgeway, on June 2, 1866.
He explained ‘The Ridgeway Nine’ are the modern Canadian military’s first nine combat casualties, but the soldiers killed that day were not recognized by politicians in Ottawa.
There will be a service on Sunday at the City Cemetery on Broad Street at 1:00 p.m.